Simulating Human Vision and Vision Correcting Displays

Speaker:  Brian A. Barsky – Berkeley, CA, United States
Topic(s):  Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

Abstract

Research on simulating human vision and on vision correcting displays that compensate for the optical aberrations in the viewer's eyes will be discussed.  The simulation is not an abstract model but incorporates real measurements of a particular individual’s entire optical system.   In its simplest form, these measurements can be the individual's eyeglasses prescription; beyond that, more detailed measurements can be obtained using an instrument that captures the individual's wavefront aberrations.  Using these measurements, synthetics images are generated.  This process modifies input images to simulate the appearance of the scene for the individual. Each input image can be a photograph, synthetic image created by computer, frame from a video, or a standard Snellen acuity eye chart -- as long as there is accompanying depth information. An eye chart is very revealing, since it shows what the individual would see during an eye examination, and provides an accurate picture of his or her vision.  Examples will be shown of simulations using data measured from individuals with high myopia (near-sightedness), astigmatism, and keratoconus, as well as simulations based on measurements obtained before and after corneal refractive (LASIK) surgery.   

Our recent work on vision-correcting displays will also be discussed.  Given the measurements of the optical aberrations of a user’s eye, a vision correcting display will present a transformed image that when viewed by this individual will appear in sharp focus. This could impact computer monitors, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Vision correction could be provided in some cases where spectacles are ineffective.  One of the potential applications of possible interest is a heads-up display that would enable a driver or pilot to read the instruments and gauges with his or her lens still focused for the far distance.  This work was selected as one of 2014's ten "World Changing Ideas” by Scientific American.

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